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Citizens of Italian descent, set aside 1 p.m. Aug. 5 on your schedule. The Amici dItalia Picnic in the Park will celebrate its 12th anniversary, bringing together friends and families whose ethnic roots can be traced to Val dAosta, Trentino or any number of other Italian provinces.Festivities will be held at Veltus Park in Glenwood Springs. Those attending are asked to bring an Italian appetizer, side dish, salad or dessert as well as an extra lawn chair or two. Main dishes and beverages will be provided by the picnic committee. Parking will be limited to the upper parking lot or city/county parking lots along Seventh Street. The lower Veltus parking lot will be restricted to handicapped access.To assist the picnic chefs in their planning, please RSVP by calling Emma Blanc at 945-6407. For questions or additional information, please contact Ashton Durrett at 945-6422 or Dennis Pretti at 970-263-4473.

Any child ages 3-8 can participate in the tot/child triathlon held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 21, at the Carbondale Pool. For more information and to register, call the Carbondale Pool at 963-2065.The first annual Shane Porter Memorial Adult Softball Tournament will be held, Saturday-Sunday, July 28-29, in Carbondale. This is a benefit tournament for the family of Shane Porter, a local who was killed in a car accident this past winter. The registration deadline is Thursday, July 26. Any interested mens and coed teams can contact Steve Groom at 963-4212.

Rumors have been flying that Sammys restaurant, located at 412 Park Avenue in Rifle, has closed. Nothing could be further from the truth. The same talented chefs and kitchen staff are still there, the same friendly servers and bartenders are still there. And business as usual continues uninterrupted.Yes, Sammy decided it was time to retire after almost 40 years in the restaurant business. But that hasnt changed Sammys on Park Avenue. The helm has been turned over to Robert Dr. Bob Foglia, another Rifle resident who recently purchased Sammys.Other than new paint and decorations, Sammys will not make any major changes. Sammy has built up a great business that now has Calamari and King Crab legs, and is trying some new drink specials, but overall its still the same great place it has been for years.Over time, Sammys will be adding lunches and Sundays, and will bring in some nice big flat-screen TVs.



The Mother of All Drum Circles kicks off Carbondales 36 annual Mountain Fair at 4 p.m. Friday, July 27, in Sopris Park. Facilitated by Laurie Loeb, the founder and mother of the towns celebration, the circle consists of hundreds of people united in harmony by the scintillating beat of one synchronized pulse emanating from drums, rattles, woodblocks bells and anything else that can be used as a percussion instrument. Grab your hand drum or fry pan (instruments provided for those without) and join in the drum circle. For more information, call 963-2798.


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